086, Christopher Gray, Scholly | Student Loan Debt Slayer

086, Christopher Gray, Scholly | Student Loan Debt Slayer

Student loan debt in the US is over $1.3 billion. You can watch the student loan debt grow in real time here. And it’s no wonder. Over 70% of students in the US take on debt to pay for education. At the same time, over $100 million in private aid (scholarships) go unclaimed on an annual basis.

This is why Christopher Gray cofounded Scholly. If you have heard Christopher’s name before, it would not be surprising. He is well known for having been awarded $1.3 million in scholarships, a feat that took him 7 months of hard work. You might also remember the disagreement his pitch caused among the “sharks” on the television show Shark Tank. You can see it here:

Shark Tank – Season 6, Episode 20 – Scholly from Scholly on Vimeo.


Scholly is the simple, comprehensive and accurate scholarship matching platform that has helped students win over $35 million in scholarship awards. In less than two minutes, you can input your data and be instantly matched with scholarship opportunities.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Christopher Gray

“Scholly is a mobile and web app that makes it simple for high school students and current college students to find scholarships for college.”

“Rather than students taking months looking for scholarships, we turn that process into minutes.”

“It took me 7 months just to find the scholarships I wanted to apply for.”

“It takes 2 minutes to input 8 parameters and instantly you’re matched with scholarship opportunities.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘We were getting like 9,000 hits to our site per second.’ Christopher Gray of @MyScholly”]

“We were shutting some scholarship sites down because so many people were accessing the site at one time.”

“You have to make sure you’re building a business where your financial success correlates directly with your social impact.”

“Focus on your data.”

Social Entrepreneurship Resources:

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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